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2016: I see a Buhari revolution in Edo — Imasuagbon

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Ken Imasuagbon

Kenneth Imasuagbon who hails from Ewohimi, Edo Central, is a lawyer, educationist, administrator and politician. In this interview, Imasuagbon who recently dumped the the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, bares his mind on a lot of issues ranging from how he stepped down for Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Edo politics and the 2016 governorship elections in the state among others.

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A-Ibom APC in fresh leadership crisis

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Umana Umana

The Akwa Ibom state chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC is locked in another leadership crisis following the recent suspension of 41 officers and party elders.

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N30 billion loan: Conspiracy, craft in Abia House

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Okejie Ikpeazu

The Abia State House of Assembly may be heading for a major crisis as some lawmakers elected on the platform of the opposition All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, have accused the Speaker, Martin Azubuike, of deceiving them over the N30bn loan recently approved for the state government.

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Fuel subsidy under Jonathan rose from N300 bn to N1.9 tn, yet he wanted more money – Amaechi

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Former Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers said on Monday in Abuja that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in this year’s general elections was engineered by God.

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How lack of power, money fuel disloyalty in PDP

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The unfolding crisis in the PDP was one that had over time been covered up on account of the party’s previous hold of the apparatus of government. Now denied of such, the bubble easily burst given the absence of the mixture of power and money that had until recently kept the workers and the party leaders united.

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Crises in the parties: PDP, APC on the brink

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It was not surprising that when staff of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP openly confronted the party’s national leaders over alleged multibillion wastages, that the opposition party responded by alleging an infiltration of its ranks by its political nemesis, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Death of ‘Dogara Zoning-Formula’ : How Reps sacrificed federal character, excluded Igbo

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara after inauguration, yesterday. Photos: Olugbemiga Olamikan/

For over 50 days after the House of Representatives was inaugurated, the leadership knew no peace. Sleep apparently took flight from Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his deputy, Yussuf Lasu, while nocturnal meetings, blackmail and accusation of disobedience to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party that produced them were the order of the day.

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Goodbye Awo, welcome Buhari

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Buhari-and-Awo

The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and President Muhammadu Buhari might have lived at different times but, like identical twins, possess many things in common-dynamism, pragmatism, integrity, self- discipline, vision and passion-to make Nigeria work. The impeccable past of these tested leaders has proved that the bane of the country’s slow development since independence has been lack of purposeful leadership.

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Guber poll: The battle for the soul of Kogi

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Gov Wada

The electoral fortune the All Progressive Congress, APC, enjoyed in the last general election in Kogi State has turned it to a beautiful pride.

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The Amaechi legacy

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Last week, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike asked President Muhammad Buhari not to appoint his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, as minister if he (Buhari) wants his fight against corruption to be looked at with credibility. Buhari had revealed in far away United States of America, during his four-day visit, that he would announce his cabinet in September. Amaechi was among those who accompanied Buhari on the trip. In a release by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, Wike described Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign as selective, saying it would be dismissed as laughable if Amaechi makes the ministerial list.

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We are passing through hell, Mararaba residents tell Al-Makura

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Gov. Al-Makura

It was agony and tears in December 2013, when the people of Mararaba, Nasarawa State helplessly watched their houses and shops succumb to the bulldozers of Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

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Senate’s peace: The massive endorsement of Saraki

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Even with the hydra-headed dimension the crisis in the National Assembly,NASS, had taken, the prospects of respite was never in doubt.

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NDDC: Winning slowly and steadily

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*Oil-impacted Ikeinghenbiri creek

Despite the internal wrangling generated by the recent dissolution of its board by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), an interventionist agency set up to handle development issues in the oil producing areas of Nigeria, is still up and kicking. Recently, the agency has been on the road cutting tapes to declare most of its projects fit for use.

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It is unfair to blame the Osun financial crisis on Aregbesola – Comrade Adebisi

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Comrade

Members of Osun Progressive Left organized a rally to show support for the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Comrade Wale Adebisi, the convener, in this interview, speaks on contentious issues in the state and why the governor remains credible.

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Reps crisis: How Presidential prestige saved the day

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For close to two months, they fought endlessly for positions leaving the National Assembly profusely bleeding. Various meetings were summoned at all levels yet no compromise. But 20 minutes meeting with president Mohammdu Buhari, the imbroglio ended. Read the insider’s account of how a presidential intervention helped to resolve the leadership face off in the House of Representatives.

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Dogara’s deal, Gbajabiamila’s gain

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Dogara and Gbajabiamila

Signs of unity pervaded the atmosphere in the early hours of yesterday morning as members of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the first time sat down as a team to pronounce peace between the one time warring factions.

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Aiming at Buhari through Amina

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Zakari

Chief Olisa Metuh, the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was seemingly enthusiastic last Tuesday. For the first time the opposition party spokesman seemed to have found a weapon to puncture the clean image that has been generally said of President Muhammadu Buhari with his depiction of the appointment the president’s alleged blood relation as the nation’s chief election umpire as the height of corruption.

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Anti-graft war:Many people are now scared of Buhari – Gbagi

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Gbagi, Minister of State,Education

Former Minister of State for Education and Delta State governorship aspirant, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi is a lawyer, criminologist, industrialist and one of the founders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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No regrets supporting Jonathan — Odumakin

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*Yinka Odumakin

Mr. Yinka Odumakin is the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere. In this interview, Odumakin declares that he has no regrets supporting former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last general elections. He, however, calls on Nigerians, irrespective of party affiliation, to unite against the Boko Haram terrorist group. Excerpts:

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I’m man enough to succeed Oshiomhole — Omon-Irabor

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BARRISTER CALSEY Omon-Irabor is a Warri based human rights activist and legal practitioner. In an interview shortly after declaring his intention to contest next year’s governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he unfolded his plans. Excerpts:

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Kogi: The game, the players

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Idris Wada

Since the creation of Kogi State, never has the stake on who occupies the historic seat of government, Lugard House, been this tense.

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Obasanjo very cunning, Tinubu very clever – Alamieyeseigha

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Diepreiye Alamieyeisegha

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Elders Committee in his native Bayelsa State in this interview, reviews contemporary political developments in the state and affirms that the alliance between the North and Southwest will never benefit his Ijaw people. He also narrates how late President Umaru Yar’Adua saved his (Alamieyeseigha’s) life among other issues. Excerpts…

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How God, US made me — Buhari

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Obama and Buhari

Shortly after the August 1983 military coup that brought a 40-year-old Muhammadu Buhari to power, he received a phone call from a top personnel in the United States Army. General Smith was the Commandant of the U.S. War College from which General Buhari graduated in 1980. The school’s 1979 set had graduated its first Nigerian, General Wushishi, who was the Chief of Defence in the just ousted Shehu government.

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Senate minority leader: How Akpabio exploited rift between Manager, Sekibo

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Gov Akpabio

Prior to last Tuesday’s resumption of the Senate after a one-month adjournment, speculations were rife in some quarters that the pendulum had swung towards the emergence of the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the next minority leader of the Senate.

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Buhari needs to partner town unions to address devt issues in South East zone – Chief Diwe

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President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

I don’t know why people harp on irrelevancies. Buhari made an innocent, realistic observation about his natural limitations and some busybodies are making unwarranted issues about it. Tell me who doesn’t have limitations? Do we prefer a young energetic but corrupt president to an old president with sufficient integrity profile? Nelson Mandela was older when he gave South Africa the best leadership in history.

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Anambra PDP: A New beginning

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Major stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State put aside their historical differences last Saturday to enthrone a new state executive of the party. The notable exceptions were Chief Chris Uba and Comrade Tony Nwoye.

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How Tinubu lured five govs out of PDP — Tony Momoh

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*Momoh

Former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh in this interview speaks among others on the import of President Mohammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States of America and the deals high-wire politicking that landed the All Progressives Congress at the presidency.

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My phones no longer ring by Reuben Abati

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Reuben Abati

As spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, my phones rang endlessly and became more than personal navigators within the social space. They defined my entire life; dusk to dawn, all year-round. The phones buzzed non-stop, my email was permanently active; my twitter account received tons of messages per second. The worst moments were those days when there was a Boko Haram attack virtually every Sunday.

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$2bn Bailout Fallout: Buhari didn’t dash us money, says Gov. Dave Umahi

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Gov. Dave Umahi

Yesterday: “I must say that this historic development (Tambuwal’s defection to APC with Speakership) means that our democracy is growing by the day and it is dynamic…. We think that having the head of the legislature from the opposition party makes for a balanced setting in government and it’s good for democracy” APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed (Thisday, October 29, 2014)

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At last, Kaduna’s ‘Sambisa forest’ is liberated

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Gov El Rufai,  flanked by Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Shehu Umar (left), and  Captain A. Ujah at the ‘Sambisa Forest’

Residents erupted in joyful noise, last Tuesday, as Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State emerged from his vehicle in Birnin Gwari -the beleaguered headquarters of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, LGA, of the state, about 120km west of Kaduna metropolis.

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Switzerland has returned more illegal monies from former heads of state – Ambassador Hodel

  /   in Politics, Special Report 11:13 pm   /   Comments

Hans-Rudolf Hodel, Ambassador,  Embassy of Switzerland to Nigeria, Chad and Niger

Hans-Rudolf Hodel, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland to Nigeria, Chad and Niger, speaks on the insinuation that his country remains a safe haven for looted funds by African government officials.

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Buhari promise on Chibok girls’ rescue: FG should not negotiate with Boko Haram – Ejiofor,

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Mike Ejiofor

President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to the United States (US), last week, revealed his willingness to negotiate with Boko Haram to secure the release of the Chibok girls kidnapped by the group if the leaders are known. In this interview, the former Vice Chairman of the Presidential Fact finding Committee on the abduction of the girls and a retired Director of the Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, speaks on the implications of negotiating with Boko Haram and other issues.

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